Can I copy from a few different terms of service pages from competitors?


I'm working with little funds so hiring a lawyer isn't an option. I'm starting a website like,, etc. and I was wondering if I can just use their concepts and piece together a terms of service based of theirs? I need to make many of the same statements.

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asked Oct 30 '13 at 15:10
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You can analyze their agreements to start create your own, but it's not recommended to simply copy-paste as they have different needs from yours.

I'd suggest looking at 500px Terms of Service page: Or, if you need a Privacy Policy too, have a look at LinkedIn's.

A free generator of Terms & Conditions agreements that you can use:

answered Oct 30 '13 at 17:02
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It's common practice, even for professional lawyers, to use a template when creating a new legal document. Using someone else's agreement as a template is acceptable.

If you do end up working with a lawyer later, they may want to throw away what you have and use their own template. Just be ready for that.

answered Oct 30 '13 at 23:33
Kamal Hassan
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WordPress has explicitly open-sourced their terms of service and privacy policy, which is how we made ours:

answered Nov 1 '13 at 07:56
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